KWA 1911 MKII PTP Review and Disassembly
By hydralover, 6/2010
The 1911 MK series Professional Training Pistols are new on the KWA line of GBBs, and offer a refreshing appearance as well improved performance over previous products. Utilizing KWA's NS2 gas system and designed to be used by law enforcement for training purposes, these GBBs promise a new standard in both realism and performance.
Although at first glance the MK series GBBs all seem similar, the MKII features many differences from the other products in the MK series, including grips, frame, slide, sights, hammer, rail system, etc. Also, the MKII is available in tan. The changes between models are mostly cosmetic; all the MK series GBBs will perform similarly.
14+1 Metal Single-Stack Magazine
Polymer Outer Barrel
Open Patridge Sights
Functional Beavertail and Half-Cocked Safety
Externals and Appearance
The appearance and feel of the 1911 MKII really amazed me. The GBB is a joy to hold, and feels great in the hands. Although there are slight criticisms to be made here and there, the MKII looks and feels undeniably fantastic .
The 1911 MKII comes in KWA’s usual box showing only the KWA logo and motto. Silly as it may seem, I really do like these boxes, as they portray a sense of professionalism and seriousness pertaining to the product within. I’m glad KWA doesn’t have one of those gaudy bright boxes with lines of BBs going everywhere.
Opening up the box, there is the KWA Operator’s Manual, a description of KWA’s 45 day warranty, an Owner’s Registration Card, a KWA decal, and of course the PTP. I always highly recommend reading at least the warranty, as it contains potentially important information. Also, the manual is a good source of general knowledge about caring for and troubleshooting the GBB.
Also included are the standard items: a small bottle of silicone lubricant, a bag of .20 BBs, a bushing wrench, and a hop-up adjustment tool. The bushing wrench is used to remove the barrel bushing, but really isn’t necessary. Nice to have it, though.
No complaints about the magazine. It’s nicely designed, with solid construction and a small “Made in Taiwan” etching. The magazine holds 14 rounds in single-stack configuration. Made of a metal case with high-impact polymer for the feed lips and bumper, it weighs a good amount and feels solid.
The BB follower locks when pushed all the way down, making loading BBs much easier. I do not recommend allowing the BB follower to slam against the feed lips when disengaging the lock, as this has been known to cause deformation and broken parts in other GBBs. Remember that if you fill the magazine completely with 14 BBs and insert it into the frame when the slide isn’t locked back, the nozzle will push the BBs down, possibly engaging the BB follower lock. This means no 14+1.
An interesting feature is the rubber nozzle seal, which ensures a better seal with the polymer cylinder.
The magazine locks into the frame nice and snug, with minimal wobble. The magazine release is a breeze as well, allowing the mag to drop out of the frame when pushed.
On the MKII, permanently (and I mean PERMANENTLY) affixed is the blaze orange tip, as in compliance to federal regulations. Do not attempt to break it off as with WE GBBs. However, the orange tip is attached to the outer barrel rather than the slide, which is much more pleasant. The outer barrel is composed of high impact polymer, designed to reduce wear and tear due to friction between the outer barrel and the slide. There is very little barrel wobble. KWA does have black metal outer barrels that can be purchased separately.
The sights are open patridge sights, with 3 white dots for the user to line up on target. Personally, I prefer this setup, as I feel it allows quicker target acquisition.
The slide is solid metal, with serrations at the front and back. KWA also etched trademarks onto the GBB, as shown in the pictures. The metal is decent quality, but still has slight burrs and imperfections.
The railed frame is metal, with a unique serial number and other trademarks. The other parts are standard on 1911 models. The sights, slide stop, plunger tube, safety lever, hammer, beavertail safety, trigger, main spring housing, and mag release are all a different type of metal than the slide and the frame, giving the gun a very subtle and very attractive two-tone look. (The magazine is this metal as well). I’ve always been a fan of the 3-hole trigger as well.
Noticeable imperfections in the frame include a gash going down the right side of the frame (near the grips) as well as small spots lower down. I am not sure if this is an imperfection in the mold, or simply my particular GBB.
At the bottom of the grip is a loop that can be used for a pistol lanyard. Handy.